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Date: Mon, 5 Sep 94 03:48:59 CST From: Vladimir Escalante
Subject: FINAL TALLIES
As always everything is ambiguous, uncertain and unclear.
According to the maximum vote counter, the Federal Electoral Institute, there are two final tallies so that you can choose depending on your political ideology.
If *ALL* cast votes are counted (including annulled votes), the final tally for the Presidential election was:
PRI: 48.77% PAN: 25.94% PRD: 16.60%
Therefore PRI candidate Zedillo did not obtained 50%.
If annulled votes are not counted, the final tally is:
PRI: 50.18% PAN: 26.69% PRD: 17.08%
Therefore Zedillo is above 50%.
Mexican law does not say what's the correct way to present results, therefore you choose whatever you like. The official criterion has varied according to the circumstances. In 1982 the official percentage for PRI candidate Miguel de la Madrid was computed from the total of cast votes (70.99%) while in 1988 the official percentage for Carlos Salinas was computed from the valid number of votes (50.47%). It remains to be seen what will be this year's choice.
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As far as the Senate the results are:
PRI 64 majority seats + 0 minority seats + 31 not contested seats= 95 PAN 0 + 24 + 1 = 25 PRD 0 + 8 + 0 = 8
Minority seats are awarded to the runner up in the State election. There are 32 seats in the current Senate that won't be contested until the 1997 federal election.
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In the lower chamber of Congress, the PRI lost a few seats with respect to the 1991 elections. The most contested Congress race took place in 1988. The PRI started to recover most of the lost terrain shortly thereafter. The lower chamber has 500 seats. 200 of the 500 seats are given to candiates of other parties according to the proportion of votes they got in each district. Here are the returns of this and previous years: 1994 1991 1988 PRI 278 majority seats + 22 proportional seats = 300 320 260 PAN 17 + 102 = 119 89 PRD 5 + 69 = 71 41 | 239 opposition PT 0 + 10 = 10 0 | seats in 1988 OTHERS 0 + 0 = 0 50 /
The PRD did not exist in 1988 although the PAN and the coalition that Cardenas formed with other parties got 239 seats in Congress in 1988.
Vladimir Escalante Ramirez.